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My Love of Architecture

Updated on February 7, 2015

Architecture Is My True Love

When I took an architectural class in High School, my father gave me his t-square and a 2x3 foot board (not a table but a board).

I was at a crossroads of what I wanted to be in life: An Architect, teacher, writer or psychologist. I chose to further my education in Architecture. Even then it wasn't always easy finding work.

My career has expanded from Architecture to Engineering. The last several years, I had been working more in a wide spectrum of the engineering field. (Due to the economic situation beyond my control, I have been unemployed for an eternity). But architecture is my true love. My resume includes designing and drawing homes, (several of these homes that I designed were in the "Showcase of Homes"), drawings of commercial buildings such as: banks, department stores and industrial buildings. Many of these were local. When my daughter was small and we would go into one of the buildings that I had worked on, I would say, "What do you think of your mom's building?"

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Learning On a Drafting Table - Talent Of An Old Dinosaur Or Spider

Talent to Draw on a Drafting table.

I have a talent that many young people going into this field do not have, that is being able to draw on a drafting table. Sure, I'm dating myself. Many of you know that I daughter was in college.

What is involved with drafting on a table?

First there is the table itself with a parallel edge (versus a t-square). You must have several mechanical pencils from various lead sizes (graphite as we would call it). More items include an electric eraser, eraser shield, templates, triangles, protractor, to name a few items and ink or caulk if it is required.

During a few layoffs from this field, I had worked independently with my t-square and a board.

Drafting Tables

Deluxe Art Drawing and Hobby Table

Alvin CM48-3-WBR CraftMaster II Deluxe Art, Drawing, and Hobby Table Black Base with Cherry Woodgrain Top
Alvin CM48-3-WBR CraftMaster II Deluxe Art, Drawing, and Hobby Table Black Base with Cherry Woodgrain Top
The best part of this drawing table is that it is made with a beautiful cherry woodgrain top. It has plastic trays on both sides to hold pencils and other drawing tools. This drafting and drawing table has draws which make it extra convenience to have your drawing tools all in one place.

Drafting Boards

Parallel Straightedge Board

Alvin Portable Parallel Straightedge Board 24" x 36"
Alvin Portable Parallel Straightedge Board 24" x 36"
Fold out legs, easy to carry around and locking parallel bar. What else can you ask for!

12" x 18" Portable Drafting Board

12" x 18" Portable Drafting Board
12" x 18" Portable Drafting Board
This portable drafting board is ideal for sketches, drawings and drafting. Something this side is usually for detail parts, such as tool design. The ideas for using this board is endless.

Office Chair and Lighting

Boss Drafting Stools - A Must Have When You Are Drawing

Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair with Loop Arms in Black
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Contoured back and seat help to relieve back-strain, Pneumatic gas lift seat height adjustment, Euro-style nylon base with heavy duty dual wheel casters, With loop arms, Strong 20-inch diameter chrome foot, Dimensions: Seat Size: 17.5-inch W x 16.5-inch D, Back Size: 16.5-inch W x 15-inch H, Seat height: 18.5-inch - 23.5-inch H, Overall Dimensions: 25-inch W x 25-inch D x 42-inch - 47-inch H

Swing Arm Lamp - Attaches to the Top of the Table

Alvin, Swing-Arm Lamp, Spring-balanced for Drafting Lamp Combination, 100 WATT - Black
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Swing Arm Lamp- Black...One of the most important items in any artist's studio! These lamps will clip onto almost any table. They will also clamp on to shelves and surfaces that are vertical or horizontal. Features a ventilated metal shade double shade baffle for glare reduction a spring balanced adjustable arm and lampholder switch (not an inline switch). The arm extends to 32". The lamp itself takes up to a 100 watt bulb (not included).

Drafting Essentials

Basic Supplies Needed

More Supplies for Drafting

Basic Drafting Supplies


My Frog Mug

My art with paints
My art with paints

I Am a Wannabe Artist

Therefore I Construct Drawings

My family is full of artists. I had always wanted to be one, but my talent does not go that deep. Therefore, my art is vented in Architecture and Engineering. Being out of work for so long, I am rusty, but it is much like riding a bike. Any local prospective employers out there?

Yes, I drew and painted a frog on a t-shirt as a teenager.

When I was twelve I won $10 for my dog drawing in a contest.

My daughter has the art talent. She had fallen away from it when she didn't get along with her middle school art teacher. Today, she blames us for not letting her develop her special gift.

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Surprise to see the old fashion way of architectural and engineering designing is available on Amazon. Does this mean there are old dinosaurs and spiders like me out there? Drafting today is done on the computer using software like Microstation and AutoCAD. Though I have utilized some of the other types of software, (in my opinion) nothing compares to AutoCAD software.

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      5 years ago

      I would like to convert this to irapmiel? I don't really understand how to change the lookup table for that? I could just scale the drawing itself but the table is an issue for me. any direction you could provide?

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      5 years ago

      I accidentally ran this over my (C:) drive and ceneald all possible .lsp files, I suspect this shouldn't have been done and I'm worried, is there any way to restore this action?

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      5 years ago

      This is a very usufel tip! It is very usufel and powerful tool. I use it all the time. I tend to use it for a different reason which is to rename layers! For example, if you bind an externally referenced drawing named STP123.dwg to a host drawing, the block definitions have names like STP123$0$BLOCK1, STP123$0$BLOCK2, STP123$0$BLOCK3, STP123$0$BLOCK4, andSTP123$0$BLOCK5. If you want them to have the names BLOCK1 and so on, type STP123$0$* in the Old Name field and * in the Rename To's a very usufel tool for many different reasons!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      CherylsArt My last job really did me in. It is a good o' boys club here.

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      6 years ago

      It might be worth it if it is still a passion of yours.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      CherylsArt I would have to go back to school to for a refresher course because it has been so long.

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      6 years ago

      Sandy, that is something I didn't not know about you. Hopefully you can find some work in it again. : )

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @favored: Thanks for the compliment.

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      Wow, you're the first female Architecture I've met. I think you do a good job of combining all your skills.

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      7 years ago

      Architecture is me hobby. I learned a lot by myself but also with a lot of help from some professional friends on how to use AutoCAD. Excellent lens. Very detailed and informative!

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      7 years ago

      Some architecture here are so weird you don't know how they did it, great lens thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      I love exploring local Architecture when I travel. I'm sorry you haven't been able to practise it in a while

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      7 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Interesting lens

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      7 years ago

      Great lense! I love your sharing traditional architect tools; they bring back fond memories of childhood, when my grandfather would pour over his housing designs (he was a home builder). Architecture gives me the feeling of something grand waiting to be built and memories waiting to happen.

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      8 years ago

      We have plenty of architecture here in the UK..I live in an area of medieval villages but there's more..good,bad,boring and just plain b....y awful.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      I am not an architect, but I love architecture from way back when to contemporary. I enjoyed reading about your skills and passions.

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      8 years ago


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      8 years ago

      Great Lens. Well Crafted. Oh the memories. My drafting table, my pencils, my T-square, the Tylenol and even graph paper. I also recommend Auto Cad. I used it several years ago for kitchen cabinet layouts and kitchen remodeling.

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      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Awesome! Blessed!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      You are the very first architecture minded person that I have met. I'm thrilled.

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      8 years ago

      Sandyspider:- You are great, I love your lenses too much. Keep it up. Thanks.



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      8 years ago

      great lens, i have always had a love for this sort of thing, would love to design and build my own house someday.

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      8 years ago

      nice lens! great done!thumbs up

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      8 years ago

      It's a joy to behold as designing and architecture are in my love life as well. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love architecture and this is what fascinates us often in our travel.

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      Katie Harp 

      8 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      9 years ago

      This lens reminded me of my early years of training in architectural drawings. Brilliant lens keep up the good work

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      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks for supplies can be "dangerous" -- in a good way! Wonderful to have the right tools for self-expression!

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      10 years ago

      nice drawing room! my dream is get an IBM workstation for myself, because when i rendering the 3D file cost me too much time

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      10 years ago

      I have a simple drafting table, but I love that Freedom Drafting Table you have displayed here. I didn't know you were into architecture before, good to get to know more about your interests Sandy.

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      sukkran trichy 

      10 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i too love the house in the intro module. wonderfully constructed lens. great work sandy.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Just a thought - as soon as you sold your first Zazzle design, you became a professional artist, not just a wanna-be :) Nice lens. I love the house in your intro module. Is it your home?

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      A great lens and an interesting revelation about your work and life. 5 *s and a favourite... BTW, you have had a profound influence on me. I no longer squash any random spiders ambling around my apartment. I simply gently help them leave :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Sandy, you are a very talented artist and I know you must be an excellent Architect. I had no idea that was what you did. I love drafting tables and used to have a homemade one that an artist neighbor handed down to me. I moved that thing all over the place from college to my first apartments. I finally had to part with it and have regretted it ever since.

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      10 years ago

      I wish I still did drafting so I could get one of those lovely desks!!

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      10 years ago

      I didn't know you were an architect. Great job. Blessed by this SquidAngel.

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      10 years ago

      We can feel the love you have for your job! 5 stars worth lens!


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      Heather Burns 

      10 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Wow, who knew? I love architecture too.5* Briefly thought about going to


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